Photography and Dyscalculia: An Evil Combination

I returned to college for Spring 2016 to take a photography class. Let me tell you, there is a lot more work to learning digital photography that I dreamed there would be. My sleepless nights weren't caused by college gear or by the massive amounts of equipment that a photographer needs. All of that seems perfectly reasonable. You, frustration looms large and you will never guess why.

Photography is math based.

Yup. It's the math part that's the burr under my saddle. Not the photos, steadiness or composition. 

What is the mathematical relationship between focal length and beating your head against the wall? An 18-140 mm lens works well. Unless it's a 181-40 or a 1-8140 mm. Dyscalculia wreaks havoc in a class like this.

Taking a photography course in college means learning the f-stop numbers and a bunch more math gobbledy gook. In f-stops, a small number means a lot of light gets in. Large numbers mean the opposite. My professor insists that these numbers make sense because they double each time and not only that but each "stop" cuts the light in half. It's all so clear now.

Uh huh.

Here's the f-stop chart.
f/1, f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22, f/32, f/45, f/64, f/90, f/128  Making matters more difficult is that my camera measures these f-stops in 1/3 increments. This means multiplying by 3 to get the difference in the stops. For example, if the objective is to move from f/4 to f/8 that's two stops. 2 x 3 =6, so I turn the dial six times to move the two stops, three stops would mean nine clicks and so on. Thank goodness the camera software helps me adjust!

Confused? Welcome to my home.

At least the ISO numbers make sense at 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 - as long as they aren't confused with the shutter speed numbers.

Shutters speeds control how long the shutter is open. This chart doubles too. See?
1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1
 Because we all know that half of 125 is 60 and half of 15 is 8.

What this really means is that the faster the rabbit runs, the slower you move. It really doesn't matter because space aliens don't care and the dog is asleep anyway.

If you need me, I and my Nikon D2700 be hiding in the closet.


International Women's Day: A moment to celebrate

International Women's Day is a worldwide celebration of women. It is a way to recognize our accomplishments, highlight the plight of women who are in difficult circumstances throughout the world. It is not Mother's Day, as the event encompasses all women and is celebrated on a global scale.

Even though women and men work together to improve the world there is little equality. Women and children are more likely to live in poverty than our male counterparts. A wage gap still exists between the genders and almost 2/3 of minimum wage workers are women.

The good news is that we are making strides. The number of women in higher education is out pacing men and our life expectancy is over 81 years. We are contributing to science, medicine and technology in record numbers.

I personally know women who are clergy, construction workers, police officers, doctors and truck drivers. For many trail blazers, breaking into these traditionally male-dominated fields came at a personal cost, but acceptance is growing.

I also know women who happily homeschool and are stay at home moms and wives. They throw themselves into family and home and help make life better for all of us.

The video below was created in honor of our achievements. I put it together to celebrate International Women's Day and hope you enjoy it. If you do, share it with a friend and make her smile too.


Back in school for spring 2016

I am back in school this semester and it is a wonderful feeling. I wasn't able to attend during the summer or this fall for a lot of reasons. It was just too tough with the churches, my wonky health and school to get everything in. As you probably know, my daughter helped me a lot during the past few semesters and her job is too busy during the holidays for her to help.

It's time to ease back into the school schedule by taking a single photography course. It meets only one night a week. Hubby has pledged to help me when its needed. Photography is his passion. He knows his way around a DSLR well. I am in good hands. My daughter is also willing to help and I am in good hands there too.

You've probably noticed a shortage in blog posts over here. That's because life and health keeps getting in the way. A wonderful staff blogger holds the fort down at You've Been Reviewed, but not here. It seems unfair to ask someone else to update a blog with my name on it.

Yes, there are bloggers that hire it done and it seems to work well for them. It just doesn't feel right for me. Not with a blog that has my name on it anyway. So, what you read is what you get. Live and in typeface.

My You Tube channel remains active at YouveBeenReviewed. Hubby and Daughter help me over there too. They are the unsung behind-the-scenes heroes that make it work and I appreciate it. Videos are scheduled for Thursday at 12:00 well into March. If my clothing seems out of season, then that's because it probably is. lol

Many thanks to you for your patience with my irregular posting. Life gets a little crazy sometimes. I hope to do a better job keeping everyone updated in the future.

See  ya' online.